Granola Bars

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
16 (2-inch) squares
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
  • 1 -ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries
Directions

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


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To those who've complained that their bars fell apart - you must let the baking dish cool down! Resist the urge to carve out a test bar, and wait until the bottom of the dish is cool to the touch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are sooo good. and easy. I will never buy store-bought again! I made these according to the recipe, but used shelled sunflower seeds. The recipe can be easily adapted to one's favorite fruits, or even yogurt chips or other goodies, although they are great as directed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine did not stick together =( I measured everything, not sure why but bummed as I used organic ingredients and now have to eat as granola item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these!! I'm on my second batch and will continue to make these for a snack. Added dark chocolate chips this time as well as used molasses to fill out the honey, I ran out so hope it's just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! Taste sweet, but not overpowering. Crunchy, but not a rock. These are gonna be the new go to snack! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness! These are the best ever! I made these 4-5 times now and honestly, I wouldn't change any part of the recipe on bit! I brought it to work and I had several people asking me for the recipe! One coworker kept telling me all day, "These are the best granola bars ever"! I agree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, and basic structure easily modified. I noted that many reviewers complained about these falling apart. I was surprised, as mine are solid and cut easily and cleanly. Then I noticed I had been accidentally using wheat gluten instead of wheat germ! So there's an option to keep them from crumbling. Seems to work I made once with unsweetened coconut instead of sunflower seeds and it was super yummy, but v. sweet - almost desert-like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i haven't made these yet but my guess is that adding an egg would help these clump. i always add an egg to my granola. i will write a follow up review when i have made these. i am just finishing up my barefoot contessa granola! item not reviewed by moderator and published
still waiting for your follow up item not reviewed by moderator and published
yeah, an egg white helps clump item not reviewed by moderator and published

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